ST. GEORGE — A St. George man was arrested Thursday after members of the Washington County Drug Task Force found him in possession of heroin and methamphetamine in a motel room.
Task force detectives were following a vehicle carrying a man with a history of drug possession, task force Detective Travis Hall wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. The vehicle dropped the man off at Motel 6, located at 205 N. 1000 East in St. George, where he went to Room 119 and met with a man inside. Detectives obtained information from the motel, identifying the man living inside as 47-year-old David McGrew.
After further investigation, it was discovered that McGrew was on probation at the time, Hall said in the statement. Hall contacted Adult Probation and Parole Agent Doug Chambers who confirmed McGrew was currently one of his clients, the statement said.
According to court documents, McGrew is currently on a 36-month probation period after pleading guilty in May to distribution of heroin, a second-degree felony.
Chambers asked Hall to assist him by contacting McGrew and performing a search of his motel room based on his probation agreement, Hall said in the statement. About that time, McGrew was seen leaving the motel room. Task force detectives were able to make contact with McGrew near Denny’s Restaurant on 1000 East and told him they were asked by his probation officer to conduct a search of his room.
Upon searching the room, multiple drug-related items were discovered, Hall said in the statement. These items included a scale and small plastic baggies, where officers found a small brown flake that tested positive for heroin.
“A glass pipe was also located by detectives which had an amount of residue inside,” Hall said in the statement.
The residue was also tested and showed positive results for methamphetamine, the statement said.
When task force detectives told McGrew they were asked to obtain a urine sample from him, McGrew admitted that he would test positive for both heroin and methamphetamine, Hall said in the statement. McGrew said he had used the drugs on Tuesday night.
With a preschool located across the street from Motel 6, McGrew was within 1000-feet of a drug-free zone and the drug charges against him were enhanced by one degree, Hall said in the statement.
McGrew was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with two second-degree felonies for possession of heroin and methamphetamine, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. McGrew was also placed under a 72-hour hold per the request of his probation officer.
His bail is set at $21,950 cash or bond.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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